Show is for anyone who has ever felt bullied or different

The cast of Loserville
The cast of Loserville

Odyssey Youth’s production of Loserville: The Musical takes to the stage at the Wykham Theatre, Banbury Academy, tomorrow, Friday and Saturday.

Aimed at everyone who has ever felt bullied or different, the show centres around Michael Dork, aged 17, who is branded a geek and a loser by his peers.

Constantly picked on, Michael is desperate to find an escape through his computer and, when stunning new girl Holly arrives, he is introduced to a whole new world of cool.

The show is co-­written by James Bourne, who is best known for appearing in the bands Busted and Son of Dork and for his songwriting credits with McFly and Boyzone.

The story is inspired by Son Of Dork’s last album, Welcome to Loserville.

Bourne has paired up with musical theatre book writer and composer Elliot Davis (TMA Award for Outstanding Musical Production) for the project, which features a cast of more than 30 talented young performers from the Banbury area.

This is Odyssey Youth’s sixth summer school. Many previous youth members of the Banbury-based theatre project are now at top performing arts schools or working professionally in the industry.

Odyssey hopes the show will appeal to music lovers who don’t normally enjoy musicals.

Sandy Grigelis, who was part of the first Odyssey summer school, took time out from his rehearsals for the UK national tour of Sister Act to visit the cast during their rehearsals.

Sandy, who played Marvin in Loserville in the West End, said: “The show has a brilliant and colourful cast of characters. It’s all about the geek coming through.”

Tickets £9 (£6 concessions) from 01295 267342 or www.odyssey­youth.co.uk